Short Stories

Baxter, William Edwin

Baxter, William Edwin
Birth City
Fullerton
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Civilian Contract Worker at Ft. Carson (Service Source Inc. hires people with disabilities to work as contract workers)
Biography

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let his disabilities defeat him in life, but to go above and beyond them by accomplishing great things and inspiring others to do the same. This became his legacy. He lived most of his life in Orange County, California; but currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On July 9, 2016, William suffered a massive pulmonary embolism which almost ended his life, but he survived. Had he died in the E.R. at Memorial Hospital, his legacy would have died with him. Realizing this, he began to write his first book, entitled W.E.B. Tales (W.E.B. is his initial name for William Edwin Baxter). The book was published as an e-book in May 2018, and as a paperback in July 2018. Other books have been published since W.E.B. Tales which can be found on my author page on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/William-Edwin-Baxter/e/B07GC44FVR

Awards/Honors
President's Team Award for Service Excellence - from Service Source Inc., August 2015
Employee of the Year Award - from Service Source Inc., in August 2018
Distinguished Toastmaster Award - Highest award from Toastmasters International, February 1996
Education/Training
B.S. Degree, Recreation, California State University, East Bay, 1979 - A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Ohlone College, 1977 - Graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD, 1974.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of Toastmasters International since November 1990
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I would like to talk about "Going Above and Beyond" disabilities and other obstacles which can stand in the way of working towards one's goals and achieving them (as chronicled in my keynote speech: https://webblog305448100.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/w-e-b-keynote-address/)

Bhagat, Brook

Bhagat, Brook
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - English Faculty at PPCC
Biography

Brook Bhagat was born here in Colorado Springs. She went to high school in Woodland Park. After graduating from Vassar College in New York, she came back to work as a photojournalist for the Ute Pass Courier. She then went to India, where she met her husband, Gaurav. They began writing freelance articles together which were published in dozens of journals and magazines, including Ecoworld and Little India. Four years later, they returned to Colorado Springs, where they both currently work at Pikes Peak Community College--he teaches math and she teaches English, Poetry and Creative Writing. In 2013, they created Blue Planet Journal, which Brook edits and writes humor and nonfiction for. In 2016, Brook got her MFA from Lindenwood University in Creative Writing. Her poetry and fiction have since appeared in Monkeybicycle, Empty Mirror Magazine, Harbinger Asylum, Lotus Eater Magazine, Rat's Ass Review, A Story in 100 Words, Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, the local literary magazine Almagre Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has hosted and read her work at PPCC and local readings as well. Her first poetry collection, Only Flying, is due out Nov. 16, 2021 from Unsolicited Press; other current projects include a literary fantasy novel, a second poetry collection, and an early readers chapter book about two young children in rural India. See more at www.brook-bhagat.com or reach her on Twitter at @BrookBhagat.

Education/Training
MFA, Lindenwood University - BA, Vassar College
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Founder and current member of the Nearby Universe, a PPCC Creative Writers group for faculty and staff - Member of AWP
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I can speak on the practical steps involved in becoming a writer, or what surrealist poetry and weird fiction is. I would love to connect this to reading my work and/ or having a Q & A near the release of my book in Nov. 2021. I teach college poetry writing and could do a workshop for teens/ adults on prose poetry, especially using a technique called "Going Cold," in which participants create a 100-word piece of prose poetry/ flash fiction. I could also do other kinds of poetry workshops as requested/needed.

Colter, Liz

Colter, Liz
Pseudonym
L.D. Colter
Current Location
Colorado
Biography

Liz has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers, including farming with a team of draft horses and working as a field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She also knows more about concrete than you might suspect. Her novels written under the name L. D. Colter explore contemporary and dark fantasy, and ones written as L. Deni Colter venture into epic fantasy realms. Following a long interlude in Southern and Northern California, she returned some years ago to her home state of Colorado, where she spends her time with her husband, dogs, horses, and writing (according to her husband, not always in that order of priority).

Awards/Honors
A Borrowed Hell - Winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Publishing through a large press, small press or indie - Writing technique - Short story writing and submissions

Orton, D.L.

Orton, D.L.
Current Location
Front Range of the Rockies
Occupation(s)
Time Machine Mechanic
Biography

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops. In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

Awards/Honors
Publishers Weekly "Booklife Prize in Fiction" Quarter-Finalist (CIT 2016 and DT 2017)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards, E-book Fiction Finalist (CIT 2017)
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Science Fiction (2017)
Book Excellence Awards Winner, Science Fiction (2016)
Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, Audiobook (2016)
SWIRL Awards Finalist, Science Fiction (2016)
Indie Excellence Book Award Winner, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
International Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
Colorado Gold Finalist, Science Fiction (2015)
Novel Beginnings Award Winner, Science Fiction (2015)
Education/Training
Ms. Orton is a graduate of Stanford University's Writers Workshop and a past editor of <em>Top of the Western Staircase</em>, a literary publication of CU, Boulder. The author has a number of short stories published in online literary magazines, including Literotica, Melusine, Cosmoetica, The Ranfurly Review, and Catalyst Press.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Independent Book Publishers Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing a book series - Indie publishing - How to find an editor, publisher, and audience

Bissett, Carina

Bissett, Carina
Birth City
Lincoln
Birth State
NE
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Educator and author
Biography

Carina Bissett spent her youth in Colorado Springs, and eventually returned after a decade-long stint writing about the Southwest. Carina is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Hath No Fury, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V. She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and she is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Stonecoast. She also teaches at Pikes Peak Community College. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she was the recipient of the 2016 HWA Scholarship. Link to her work can be found on her website (http://carinabissett.com).

Awards/Honors
Silver Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2018
"C8: A Tessellation of Faces, Wings, and other Obscure Things" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, July 2018 (Nominated for Best of the Net Award)
"The Sweet Sleep of Roses or, After the Fall" NonBinary Review #15, Zoetic Press, January 2018 (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize)
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2017
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 2nd quarter 2017
"Swimming with the Shark Boys" Mythic Delirium, May 2016 (Honorable mention in "Best Horror of the Year" by Ellen Datlow
"The Yellow Press of an Ancient Power" NonBinary Review #5 The King in Yellow, Zoetic Press, June 2015 (Nominated for Sundress Best of the Net)
"Wild Girl" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, June 2014 (Nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize)
Education/Training
MFA in Creative Writing candidate, University of Maine, 2018 - M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2011 - B.A. in Integrative Studies, Arizona State University, 1999 - A.A. in Humanities, Glendale Community College, 1998 - A.G.S. in General Studies, Glendale Community College, 1997
Organizations
Horror Writers Association - Science Fiction Poetry Association - Colorado Poets Center
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Speculative fiction - Creative non-fiction - Speculative poetry - Memoir - Other creative pursuits

Riley, Gina

Riley, Gina
Birth City
Detroit
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Former librarian and teacher - Cherokee Two-Spirit Shaman
Biography

I was still living as a man when I moved to in the year 2000. Having been outed as transgender, and fired at the Prep-School where I had been working, I was recruited at the National Librarians' Conference to be the Coordinator of Information and Technology at Mitchell High School, where I was again outed and fired. In 2007, after being outed and fired at CollegeAmerica, I transitioned to living full time as a woman. My storytelling-performances in The Story Project in Colorado Springs and for The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers are viewable on YouTube. I also sing karaoke and do an occasional standup open-mike.

Awards/Honors
First Place - Bowling This Month, Amateur Bowling Writers Contest
First Place - Best Creative Non-Fiction 2013, Loyola Maryland University Literary EZine
Education/Training
Master's Degree in Library Science - Bachelor's Degree in English, Wayne State University, Michigan
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Storytelling - Transgender - Theory of Mind - Education

Arrington, Bradley

Arrington, Bradley
Pseudonym
Bradley Firebird
Birth City
New York City
Birth State
NY
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Customer service and office clerk
Biography

Born in Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, I have been a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado since November 2011. I have written over 100 original stories (short stories, poems, indie screenplays, stage plays) and audio (radio) plays & skits (audio short stories) of several genres: Twilight Zone-type stories, science fiction, horror, comedy, satire, and drama. I am currently working on a sci-fi novel that is a cross between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. A former homeless veteran (U.S. Army), I am now student at Pikes Peak Community College.

Awards/Honors
2016 - APPR Writing Center Contest, dramatic reading of my short audio play "The Day the Music Lived"
Education/Training
A.A. degree in General Studies, Suffolk Community College, Long Island, NY, 1977 - Army Admin School, Fort Jackson, 1980 - Cal Simmons Travel Agent School, Alexandria, VA, 1985
Organizations
Pikes Peak Community College Radio Theater Club - Pikes Peak Community College Entrepreneurs Club
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Radio Theater - How to Start a Radio Theater Club - How to Write a Radio Play or Script

Torreano, Mike

Torreano, Mike
Birth City
Flint
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Mike Torreano has lived in Colorado Springs since 1977. A retired Colonel, USAF, he is also a retired financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual of 35 years.

Education/Training
MA, Mass Communications, University of Denver - BA, International Affairs, United States Air Force Academy
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Western Writers of America - The Historical Novel Society - Western Fictioneers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Old West - The Civil War

Nelson, Steven LeRoy

Nelson, Steven LeRoy
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1953
Birth City
McPherson
Birth State
KS
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire And Ice, and other publications. He has published six novels in the Axel Hatchett series set in the Colorado Springs area.

Awards/Honors
Colorado College Award in Literature
Adelaide Bender Raville Fiction Award, Department of First Stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts degree, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Organizations
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Mystery writing - The Old West - Weaponry of the Old West

Lawrence, Shannon

Lawrence, Shannon
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her three solo horror short story collections and her nonfiction title, The Business of Short Stories, are available now. You can also find her as a co-host of the podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

Published Works Book Jackets
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Bruised Souls
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Blue Sludge Blues
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Happy Ghoulidays
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business of short stories
Organizations
Horror Writers Association, Colorado Authors League, Pikes Peak Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I do workshops on short stories, business tips for writers, the building blocks of horror, critique groups, building suspense, self-publishing, and using the senses in writing.